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8 College Girl Must Haves

8 College Must Haves | The Kardia Blog It's back to school time! I can't believe that I'm heading back to Lincoln, NE for school tomorrow. Where did summer go?

Back to school means back to packing all my stuff up and moving it into a dorm room. While those "College Necessities" lists are helpful for letting you know that you need bed sheets (extra long!) and a shower caddy, I've compiled a list of 8 truly must have items for any college aged girl. Trust me, these will help you more than that shoe rack in your tiny dorm room closet will.

1. A great planner / agenda

Balancing school, work, friends, hobbies, and extracurricular activities requires lots of time management. That's why I love my Lilly Pulitzer agenda! It's spacious and the colors are an instant mood booster. Never miss another meeting or forget another assignment again!

2. A reusable water bottle

Kick your bottled water habit and purchase a reusable bottle instead. Many college campuses have water bottle filling stations, making it easy to stay hydrated. I have the bkr bottle and I love it! It's made of glass and comes with a silicone sleeve in the color you choose. Drinking water has never been so fashionable ;)

3. A cute pencil pouch

Don't just dump your writing utensils in your backpack, put them in a pencil pouch! It's much easier to find something to write with when they're all in one place.

4. A mini steamer

This is such a handy item to have around. This little beauty will take wrinkles out of clothes in less than 5 minutes and it's easier to use than an iron. Just fill with tap water, plug it in, and go!

5. A (durable) backpack

No locker means that you'll be carrying your books, laptop, and notebooks with you everywhere. Pick a backpack that can easily go with all your outfits and won't fall apart from the weight of all the books!

6. Boots (lots of them)

If you go to a college where it's cold for the majority of the school year, boots are your friends. Plus, they are a great at pulling your outfit together! Every college girl should own a pair of tall brown boots, tall black boots, a pair of combat boots (black or brown), and rain boots. You'll wear these all year, so make sure they're good quality.

7. A study playlist

Music makes the long hours of studying go by so much faster. Choose songs that aren't too distracting, otherwise you'll be singing along for the next 4 hours! I created a Hit the Books playlist on Spotify that includes music from John Mayer, Of Monsters and Men, and Imagine Dragons. Currently it's 4 hours and 35 minutes long, and I keep on adding to it! Enjoy!

8. Leggings

These are a girl's wardrobe must have. Wear them with a flowy top and sandals or a chunky sweater and boots on days when you woke up a little too late for that early morning class. I get mine for less than $5 from Forever 21. Stock up!

9. BONUS! Hand Sanitizer

When the seasons change and the flu starts going around, stay sanitized and keep yourself healthy! Get a pack of mini hand sanitizers and keep one in your backpack, purse, and dorm room.

There you have it! Essentials for the everygirl. I hope this list was useful for you, whether you're in college or not.

P.S. Shop my favorite college necessities below!

What other items do you think are college necessities? Which do you prefer: steamer or an iron?


P.S. I post lots of fashion inspiration on Pinterest!